Dan Cuoco the director of the International Boxing Research Org. earlier this year begun a survey of the membership to tabulate the all time rankings in every division.
This time around it's the middles & the welters. The rankings are suposed to be based on balancing body of work as well as who beats who.
This can be pretty tough to do especially with the old timers. For instance, Ketchel. You look at his career & he clearly dominated his era. But then you look at film & he almost makes Mayorga look like a stylist.
Clearly except for his exceptional power he woul have be decimated by more modern & skilled middles. BUT ... You look at the career record & it's simply amazing. Having to balance both those considerations makes it difficult.
I ended up ranking him 11th.
Anyway, below I'm going to rank my top 20. I'm sure I'm going to be shredded unmercifully by some folks on this board but that's part of the fun. Btw: I think probably my most controversial ranking is going to be Hopkins who I ranked 20th.
Yes he has had 20 succesful defenses which is outstanding & deserves credit. But when you dig a little deeper & look at WHO he defended against it's a bunch of IBF tomato cans, mutts, herrings & two very good welters.
So here are my rankings, let the shredding begin!